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  • The Phonograph

    The Phonograph

    ★★★★★

    Economic rationalism is so far removed from Catholic rationalism that it can arouse a specific Catholic anxiety. Modern technology easily becomes the servant of this or that want and need. In modern economy, a completely irrational consumption conforms to a totally rationalized production. A marvelously rational mechanism serves one or another demand, always with the same earnestness and precision, be it for a silk blouse or poison gas or anything whatsoever. Economic rationalism has accustomed itself to deal only with…

  • Wolves at the Door

    Wolves at the Door

    ★★★

    Curto e grosso como deveriam ser. Virtudes do ausente filme X, que no tempo da vulgaridade conservadora de um Get Out, da cacofonia brega de um IT, da completa falta de bom senso dos inventores da roda que não aprenderam a decupar qualquer ação dramática, de The Witch a Babadook, fazem toda a diferença. Não vi um filme no gênero desde 31 que, basicamente, se dá a liberdade de ser irresponsável, que não se contenta apontando o dedo ou, Deus…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    As in the last Batman movie, there is at least one moment where you can see someone actually interested in cinema, almost surrendering to the instinct of making an honest B-movie. Halfway through, despite the irregularity, I believed it would at last abandon Nolan’s most annoying traits and then could end up being just a good, straightforward sci-fi blockbuster, indebted to a dozen other vastly superior works, but still… No. Nolan finally recalls that what he sells is horrible talking…

  • Djinn

    Djinn

    ★★★★★

    Just finished this translation (a bad translation, I'm afraid, my english is not the best) of a long review I wrote last year as part of a dossier on Tobe Hooper. It was intended as a follow up to an essay about the core ideas in his films, mostly The Funhouse and Poltergeist (which I want to post on the blog soon), but if you've seen those I don't think there will be any problems understanding the references. A lot…